My dear friends in Christ,
You can’t imagine how happy I am to have been appointed to serve as Pastor of the Catholic Parishes of Sandusky and to become a member of your community!
By way of a brief introduction—I grew up in a small farming village. I hail from Our Lady of Hope Parish in Attica, Ohio, which is in south-east Seneca County. In 1996 I graduated from Heidelberg College and began working as an accountant, first for the Auditor of State’s Office in Columbus, and then at the Advertiser-Tribune, the daily newspaper in Tiffin, Ohio. Being blessed with the call to serve God, I entered seminary in 1999 and after seven years graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum. From my priesthood ordination in 2006 until 2009, I served as parochial vicar at Saint Joseph Parish in Maumee. In 2009, then Bishop Leonard Blair, assigned me to further studies at Catholic University of America, where I graduated with a license in canon law in 2011. Since September 2011 I have been serving as Chancellor of the Diocese of Toledo, and for the last two years, I was also assigned as the parochial administrator of Toledo’s Polish parish, Saints Adalbert and Hedwig. As I begin my service to our parishes, I will continue to serve as the Chaplain of the Saint Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Toledo—a group of civil lawyers, judges, and those who work in the legal profession.
I am the youngest of four children. My father, Lou, continues to live in my hometown, and my older brothers Mitch, Craig, and Kim are married and each have two children. Interestingly… my brothers (from a family of all boys) married women who are families from all girls—and each has a boy and a girl child. I thought keeping up the ‘tradition’ might be too difficult, so decided priesthood may be a great option! Turns out, I was right!
Over the past twelve years of priesthood I’ve served in a variety of assignments, have been the parochial administrator of three different parishes, and have worked nearly every office of the diocesan curia, but this is my first opportunity to serve as a pastor of a parish. I’m grateful to Bishop Thomas for his confidence and support in sending me to serve all of you, and am truly looking forward to being here for many years to come. I look forward to celebrating the sacraments with you, working with our school and pastoral staffs to care for and help educate our children, young adults, and disciples of every age, and to be, by God’s grace, a good shepherd to those who call Holy Angels, Saint Mary, and Saints Peter and Paul Parishes home.
Please know that I have been praying for all of you since I received this assignment, that I stand ready to serve as best I can, and count on your good prayers for me.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Monte Hoyles